Great Rock One Hit Wonders of 1978 and pre-1978 Revisited

Since I started adding song samples to my posts, posting about albums has been more successful of jogging people’s memories or even introducing them to songs that have been considered long forgotten. This has especially been the case when I’ve written the “One Hit Wonder” posts for each year of the tour through rock and metal history. People might not have remembered a song but when they listened to it here, they thought, “Oh yeah, now I remember that one.” However, I didn’t start posting sample songs until the tour of 1984 began. So, I thought that it would be a good idea before I launch into the metal history of 1987, that I’d go back down memory lane and upload all the songs from the one hit wonders and other significant songs between the years 1978 and 83. And because I didn’t think of the one hit wonder idea before I was into 1978, I thought I’d start by including two songs which I remember quite well from before that year.

Henry Gross

I worked at a summer camp during the summers of 1976, 7 and 8 and every Tuesday night the camp would go roller skating at the local rink. In the summer of 1976, the song, “Shannon” by one hit wonder Henry Gross seemed to get played at every last couple’s skate of the evening.

A recent post from Lana got me thinking about this next song. When I think back to late 1977 and early 1978, I can sympathize how songs can get overplayed to the point of putting you off them. During that time, it seemed every time I turned on the radio, “Baby Come Back” by the band Player would be playing. So much so, I got tired of hearing it, especially when I song I thought was far better, “Come Sail Away” by Styx wasn’t played enough. Having not listened to the song after so many decades and listening to it again, I realize that it’s a pretty good 1970s progressive rock tune. It’s too bad that Player were only one hit wonders. On the other hand, “Come Sail Away” still blows “Baby Come Back” away!


The main purpose of this was for you to listen to the songs that weren’t uploaded when I wrote the original post. So, to save time and me repeating myself, if you want to read about my motivations behind these songs or just want to stroll through history, I’ve provided a link for 1978 and will do so for the other years in the upcoming posts.

Hope you enjoyed!

Next post: 1979 and 1980

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25 Responses to “Great Rock One Hit Wonders of 1978 and pre-1978 Revisited”

  1. hanspostcard Says:

    Every time I hear “Shannon’ I think of the infamous Casey Kasem blow up about the song being played as a long distance dedication- coming out of an uptempo record….

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  2. King Tut is great. I have that on a 45 Single.

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  3. Oh great! Now, Iโ€™ve got that Exile song stuck in my head! LOL โค๏ธ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿคท๐Ÿผ๐ŸŽผ

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  4. I’m all for including links to the songs. Right on.

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  5. I’ve always wondered what happened to people who had one-hit wonders. They have that small stint of fame and then they fade in the dust, do they stay in the music business or do they quit the industry all together?

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  6. I don’t remember the song, “Shannon.” But I do remember the other songs! Thank you for bringing back memories of my childhood!

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